How to Make Coconut Barfi (Coconut Cakes)

Updated on March 18, 2019
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Coconut barfi, or coconut cake
Coconut barfi, or coconut cake

Juicy and Deliciously Sweet Treats

Coconut is a nutritious fruit that is frequently used in Indian cooking. One example of a yummy sweet treat that incorporates this fruit is coconut barfi, or coconut cakes. This dessert is easy to make, as it requires only a few ingredients. It will keep for a week at room temperature, after which it can be stored in the refrigerator.

Coconut has many health benefits. It is good for the skin, hair, and body. It has anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-parasitic properties. It provides instant energy to the body that may enhance physical and athletic performances. It also improves digestion. It is a nutritious source of fiber, vitamins, amino acids, and minerals, including calcium, magnesium, and potassium.

Let me show you how to make coconut barfi.

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Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: 20 pieces of coconut barfi (cake)

Ingredients

  • 2 heaped cups coconut, grated
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons water
  • 3 cardamom, powdered
  • 1 tsp ghee, for greasing the container

Instructions

  1. Grease a plate or container with ghee. Later, you will pour hot barfi to it. Set aside.
  2. In a deep-bottomed pan, add grated coconut. Ensure that the coconut has been grated sufficiently and that there are no large pieces. The coconut must be uniformly grated to make this barfi.
  3. Add sugar and 2-3 tablespoons of water.
  4. Set the heat to medium-low. Stir continuously, scraping the sides once in a while.
  5. Bring the mixture to the boil. Continue stir-cooking until it becomes a bit thick and gummy. Add cardamom powder. Mix well.
  6. If you touch the mixture with your finger, it should feel sticky.
  7. Once the mixture has lost most of its moisture, it should come together like a lump and start leaving the bottom. Don't let it become too dry.
  8. Turn off the heat. Transfer the mixture to the greased container. Flatten and even out the surface with a spatula. Ensuring a consistent surface is very important to get perfect barfi. Set aside to cool.
  9. After about 10 minutes, draw deep criss-cross lines on the surface with a sharp knife. Set aside to cool further.
  10. After some time, insert the knife into the previously cut criss-cross lines so that you can cut and separate the pieces.
  11. Once completely cooled, remove the cakes and arrange on a plate.
  12. Your yummy coconut barfi are ready to eat. Serve and enjoy eating this juicy delicacy.
  13. You can keep it fresh for a week at room temperature. Afterwards, store in the refrigerator.

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Step one: Prepare the ingredients.Step two: Add grated coconut, sugar, and water in a deep-bottomed pan. Set the heat to medium-low.The mixture after adding water.Step three: Bring the mixture to a boil. Stir continuously and scrape the sides once in a while.Step four: Add cardamom powder. Mix well.Continue stirring the mixture.Step five: Now, the mixture becomes almost thick, losing its water content. It will come together like a lump, beginning to leave the bottom of the pan.Step six: Don't allow it to become too dry. At this point, turn off the heat. Transfer it to a greased plate.Flatten it with the help of a spatula. Set aside to cool.Step seven: When it becomes less hot, draw criss-cross lines on it with the help of a knife. After some time, make the lines deeper, so that you can cut it.Step eight: Separate the pieces when it cools down completely. Arrange them on a plate. Relish this coconut barfi whenever you desire. It is so juicy and yummy!
Step one: Prepare the ingredients.
Step one: Prepare the ingredients.
Step two: Add grated coconut, sugar, and water in a deep-bottomed pan. Set the heat to medium-low.
Step two: Add grated coconut, sugar, and water in a deep-bottomed pan. Set the heat to medium-low.
The mixture after adding water.
The mixture after adding water.
Step three: Bring the mixture to a boil. Stir continuously and scrape the sides once in a while.
Step three: Bring the mixture to a boil. Stir continuously and scrape the sides once in a while.
Step four: Add cardamom powder. Mix well.
Step four: Add cardamom powder. Mix well.
Continue stirring the mixture.
Continue stirring the mixture.
Step five: Now, the mixture becomes almost thick, losing its water content. It will come together like a lump, beginning to leave the bottom of the pan.
Step five: Now, the mixture becomes almost thick, losing its water content. It will come together like a lump, beginning to leave the bottom of the pan.
Step six: Don't allow it to become too dry. At this point, turn off the heat. Transfer it to a greased plate.
Step six: Don't allow it to become too dry. At this point, turn off the heat. Transfer it to a greased plate.
Flatten it with the help of a spatula. Set aside to cool.
Flatten it with the help of a spatula. Set aside to cool.
Step seven: When it becomes less hot, draw criss-cross lines on it with the help of a knife. After some time, make the lines deeper, so that you can cut it.
Step seven: When it becomes less hot, draw criss-cross lines on it with the help of a knife. After some time, make the lines deeper, so that you can cut it.
Step eight: Separate the pieces when it cools down completely. Arrange them on a plate. Relish this coconut barfi whenever you desire. It is so juicy and yummy!
Step eight: Separate the pieces when it cools down completely. Arrange them on a plate. Relish this coconut barfi whenever you desire. It is so juicy and yummy!

Nutritional Information

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 80
Calories from Fat0
% Daily Value *
Fat 0 g
Saturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 16 g5%
Sugar 12 g
Fiber 0 g
Protein 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 4 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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